You're on dude...
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." George Washington was a pretty smart dude and if what he says is true, then Mr Bowthorpe has every bit of our confidence. He cycled around the world, paddled the Thames in a boat he built out of scrap wood and is up to something, once again. We feel very close to James and when we meet up in London, or spend time with him under the stars in Dartmoor, we get a vey warm feeling of friendship and confidence. He's just back from a scouting trip, somewhere high up in the Adirondack Mountains, he was sporting the Pruga, he's left us with some words and a short video - we loved it, 'you're on dude'!
I’m just back from a scouting trip up the Hudson River and the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. It was misty and wet and occasionally warm during the day. Nights were cold though, especially camped out in the High Peaks.
Antony and I both like shooting early morning and as the sun goes down – the colours are beautiful and the light puts the scene somewhere else. It makes a big difference to be able to spend time in the conditions we’ll be filming in next year... Watching rain clouds swirl in across the sky and banks of mist crawl up a hill side, sitting in a kayak on the mighty Hudson waiting for the light to drop, sitting by a stream just listening and looking.
The gear did well as ever. Antony kept dry and warm (he loves his Anabatic) whilst shooting... A dry and comfortable director makes a better film, so thanks for that. I tested out the Bowthorpe Suit for most of the walking and kayaking – it passed with flying colours and I’m confident its going to be the multitool of clothing that we were aiming for during the design process. Props to TP and everyone else! Maybe we could call it something else? Otherwise I’m referring to a piece of clothing that I wear using my own name, which might sound a little... Well, its sort of Emperor behaviour.
So, all good. Little video of the Pruga and some shots still to come. The Pruga was awesome by the way – warm, obviously, and it felt hunker-downable (although we had a tent so I didn’t need to do that). Looking forward to wearing it in a sea-mist near you guys soon.